People, Sep. 16, 1974

Betty Ford faced her own credibility gap last week: how to be a President's wife and a thinking human being. Courageously establishing a precedent—the first fullscale, open-admission press conference to be given by a First Lady —Mrs. Ford tried hard to avoid ideological traps. Wearing a mustard shirtdress, she gracefully fielded the mandatory housekeeping questions. Inflation had hit the Fords, she acknowledged: "We don't eat as much steak or roast beef as the boys would like." And she spoke to Moms everywhere: "I'm dumbfounded the children have adjusted so well to the change."...

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